6 Frames of Architecture on Lomography Redscale – by Christian Schroeder

Lomography Redscale: I confess, I have been avoiding this film way too long. Weird material, I thought, will give you only crappy results. Oh, but you like orange explosions? Good for you, go ahead! – Read on to find out how wrong I was.

Using Lomography Redscale for the First Time

For my recent birthday in March, my girlfriend gifted me a variety of rather uncommon films. Among them were two rolls of Lomography Redscale in 35mm. This brought me to a short research on Instagram, which yielded quite convincing results. Definitely: I had underestimated the capabilities of this material. I liked images the most when the film was exposed rather generously – Lomography suggests an ISO range from 50 to 200. Less light gives a rather pronounced effect, more intense orange and yellow. So I fed the film into my Canon SLR and – as I preferred a more subtle effect – rated it at 40.

As usual with new (to me) films – and the Redscale making no difference here –, I decided to play safe first and went for some bread-and-butter subjects. In my case, this means buildings in my close neighborhood. Well, I have taken many images of these houses before – but the unusual film should provide me with a new facet of them, I thought. To further deviate from the familiar path, I planned to use the tilt function of my tilt-shift lens. Tilting the focus plane can create this miniature-world effect that was quite popular ten years ago. So I waited until the sun was about to set and made a dash.

On the Results

So, how did my photographs turn out? Well… Although I rated the Redscale at a rather low ISO, all tilt images appear quite dark and moody. But: I really like that! Interestingly, all regular images (without a tilt effect) turned out bright and evenly lit. The lens’ open aperture in combination with the tilted focus plane seem to cause a heavy vignette, which isn’t that pronounced with other film stocks (at least I haven’t noticed it before). Color-wise the images reveal a restraint character, as preferred.

Now I absolutely want to shoot more of this stuff! Next time, I am also going to use it under intense sun, to achieve that baking oven look. As much as I like the normal film stocks like Kodak Portra or Fuji Superia and rely on them – they tend to get boring after a while. Specialty films like Lomography Redscale let me get excited again, when my surroundings can’t. A experienced a similar effect when I shot Lomography’s Metropolis and Purple films last summer.

Images on Lomography Redscale

architectural photograph taken on Lomography Redscale film
Ciao, Agip! – See, it is possible to photograph a gas station on film stocks other than CineStill 800T. Even at dusk.
architectural photograph
This noble corner house sat there abandoned for many years until recently a hotel opened up inside.
architectural photograph taken on Lomography Redscale film
Venerable banking house around the corner.
architectural photograph taken on Lomography Redscale film
You won’t see many architecture-related posts written by me without at least some industrial buildings. Towards the end of the roll, I became more courageous and rode all the way to a peripheral cement works. I guess this one is an old storehouse.
architectural photograph taken on Lomography Redscale film
Massive cement silos of the same plant. – Just minutes before sunset, the sun peeked out the clouds and illuminated the site like a stage.

Thanks for reading!

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14 thoughts on “6 Frames of Architecture on Lomography Redscale – by Christian Schroeder”

  1. Hi, Christian.
    The film isn’t my cup of tea, but with an appropriate subject, and I am referring to the image of the venerable banking house, the two combined have yielded a very olde-worlde evocation of late C 19 and early C 20 German architecture as though the building had been photographed back then. The somewhat severe use of swing to control focus to the very centre vertical plane has added to the impression of a very early lens, too.

    1. Christian Schroeder

      Hi Terry! Interesting feedback, as one of the reasons for me to shoot film is to evoke the feeling of another time period. (As I’m now totally absorbed into the “film bubble”, this effect has worn-out a little for most of the usual film stocks.)

  2. Martin JONES

    Hi Christian, I like shooting architecture too – particularly industrial settings (lots of choice in Manchester). I haven’t used Lomo Redscale yet and I really like your shots here. I’ve used Kodak ColorPlus 200 (flipped over) for redscale work on the modern architecture around Media City in Salford and the results at EI 50 were good. Redscale for older, heritage, buildings is a great idea. Keep up the good work! Martin

    1. Christian Schroeder

      Hi Martin, thanks a lot for your comment! (Older) utilitarian architecture in Manchester sounds very appealing to me – straight into the nucleus of the industrial era. Creating one’s own redscale film is also a good idea.

    1. Christian Schroeder

      Hi David, I’m glad you like it! This combination was definitely a strong deviation from the (my) ordinary.

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